Type of plant: Tall deciduous tree growing to 80 feet high with heart-shaped leaves and clusters of small, fragrant, creamy-colored flowers
Part used: Flowers
Method of extraction: Solvent and CO2 extraction; maceration
Data: Commonly known as the lime tree. The flowers are made into a tea, which calms, aids sleep, and helps in cases of nervousness. The honey produced by bees attracted to the flowers is valued for its sedative properties. The tree can live for 800 years, and in Europe avenues of the trees are often found in municipal parks and in the grounds of stately homes.
Principal place of production: France
When buying look for: Slightly viscous, greenish-yellow to dark-yellow-brown liquid with a light, warm, sweet, floral aroma
Therapeutic properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, calmative, emollient, expectorant, nervine, sedative
Therapeutic uses: Nervous tension, nervous spasm, muscular spasm, insomnia, emotional crisis, stress- and anxiety-related conditions; soothing, calming
Blends well with: Balsam de Peru, benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, cananga, cinnamon leaf, coriander seed, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lime, mandarin, may chang, neroli, orange (sweet), petitgrain, rose absolute, rose otto, sandalwood, spikenard, valerian, ylang ylang, yuzu
Precautionary advice: Avoid during pregnancy. GRAS status.